Jesus gave the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8. Essentially He said that the seed is His word. Have you ever considered how your words are also seeds? Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Here is a fact about sowing. We reap far more than we sow. I was thinking about how a little bird, years ago, dropped an apple seed in the backyard of my old house. That seed became a tree, and produced great apples year after year. Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”
What fruit are your words producing? We eat the fruit of our words, as do those we speak them to. Proverbs 18:20-21 says, “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Every word we speak comes first from our thoughts. What we think about will be the seed-words that we sow. Matthew 12:37 says, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. David wrote Psalm 19. Verse 14 may be very familiar, but we need to look at it again through the eyes of the words we are speaking. It says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
David wrote Psalm 141. Verse 3-4 says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; do not let me eat of their delicacies.” Our words, and the words we are listening to are seeds that are sown.
Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.” Heart integrity does not not walk in grey areas. God’s word is black and white. When He says, ‘Do this’ there are no grey area choices. James 3:2 says, “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.”
James 3:10-11 says, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter water from the same opening?” The answer is no. It is one or the other. It is a black and white statement.
Here is a thought I had this morning when I woke up. How many times a day do I say ‘I can’t’ or other words of limitation? Psalm 78:41 says, “Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” Ask yourself: am I limiting God through the seed-words that I am sowing? Let our seed-words sow righteousness that will bear succulent fruit that others can benefit from. Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”